How do I delete my second Windows XP swap file?
Dave, I've got my hard drive partitioned into 9 logical partitions with Windows XP Pro installed on drive K:. My system has swap files (pagefile.sys) on both drive C: and drive K:. Both are nearly the same size (but not identical) at just over 800MB. I know, I know, Windows XP help states "Don't place multiple pagefiles on different partitions on the same physical disk drive."
This is somewhat ironic advice as I assume Windows XP created both of these during its install process. To follow the help file advice, though, I thought I'd eliminate the pagefile.sys on drive K: and increase the assigned space on Drive C:.
When I open "Computer Management", highlight "Computer Management (Local), right click on properties, and click the "Advanced" tab I get a dialog box specifying "Can't access virtual memory information." I click "OK" to close the dialog box but the "Change" button under the "Virtual Memory" section is then grayed out.
At this point, I don't know what to do next. Any help you can offer would be appreciated. Thanks.
If you have the option, the best place to put the swap file would be in a separate physical drive, but as it appears that you have just the one partitioned drive the swap file would be best in the partition containing the XP installation you are running.
The reason you have a swap file in the C partition is that windows installs itself and the page file to the C partition by default, therefore this maybe the paging file of a previous or maybe the current? installation of Windows on that partition.
Another way of changing your swap file settings is by going through these steps:
Now there are a many different views on the optimal size for your page file. As a quick rule of thumb try using 1.5 times your actual memory (RAM) size, although some people suggest putting as much as the 3 times limit due the memory demands of some modern applications.
You may want to take a look at the "Commit Charge Peak" by going to Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del) and then click on the Performance tab. The Commit Charge Peak is the value in in the bottom left hand corner, this might give you some idea of your systems memory needs.
Back to our process of fixing what's wrong with your computer, however:
If your are really stuck and can't seem to change the swap files this way you could change the page files in the registry settings, this is a bit of a risky way to do it but if you have no choice this is what you need to do (before you touch the registry, though, remember to always save a copy so you can roll back to a good version in case something goes terribly wrong):
I would be very careful changing your page files in this way and only do it as a last resort, and be sure to pay special attention to the syntax or it could end in tears.
Hope this helps you to sort your problem out!
Kudos to Ed Ellis for his expert help on this question.
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